Ghost Drone 2.0 Now Features Virtual Reality
Ehang has just updated its Ghost Drone with a new version — the Ghost Drone 2.0. The new model now features virtual reality goggles, allowing pilots to virtually experience a bird’s eye view of the landscape below via the drone’s 4K camera. What really makes the drone’s VR so exciting is the camera’s head-tracking feature which allows the pilot to control the camera’s angle by just looking up or down. This eliminates the need to control the camera’s gimbal via dials on a transmitter. The Ghost 2.0 also boasts zero latency in its video feed making it possible to fly through tight and constricted spaces with precision.
Although Ehang is not the only company to currently offer VR on a consumer drone, it is now one of the few that has a drone which features this exciting technology. For those who don’t need VR, the Ghost Drone 2.0 is also available as a basic model at $499 for the first 100 orders. This first batch is due to be shipped in six weeks.
Since the release of the first Ghost Drone, Ehang has been committed to producing consumer drones that are intuitive to use. With the Ghost 2.0, Ehang continues this tradition in making drones that are highly user-friendly. Like its VR goggles, the Ghost 2.0 can be piloted intuitively using a smartphone. Via the Ehang Play app which is available on both Android and iOS, the pilot can fly the Ghost 2.0 simply by tilting a smartphone in various directions. This approach is very much like how most racing games are being played on a smartphone and eliminates the use of a conventional transmitter which requires a higher level of experience and skill.
The Ghost Drone 2.0 will be available in 4 different variants — Ghost Drone 2.0 which is the basic version that comes without a camera gimbal system ($599), Ghost Drone 2.0 Aerial ($799), Ghost Drone 2.0 Aerial+ and Ghost Drone 2.0 VR. Ehang has yet to determine the pricing for both the Aerial+ and VR variants. Based on the pricing of its current rivals such as the Yuneec Typhoon Q500 4K and the DJI Phantom 3 Professional, the Ghost 2.0 VR may be priced between $1300 and $1500.
Ehang is also offering a trade-up program for all owners of its first Ghost drone. For more details, visit Ehang.